Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Judi Rajala: 1964-2013: Judi Was a Force in the Universe, and We Will Miss Her

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Judi Rajala: 1964-2013: Judi Was a Force in the Universe, and We Will Miss Her

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WE HAVE LOST a very important person in our T.H.E. Journal family, Judith Rajala. Judi was our executive managing editor and founder of EduHound, lovingly referred to by our team as "the dog."

Judi became a part of our group back in 1999 after developing this great online resource for education. The first of its kind, EduHound gave teachers and students the chance to find on one website a trove of online content resources that she personally reviewed for quality and relevance to various subject areas.

EduHound was a roadmap for educators who wanted to use the web to open the doors to the world outside the classroom. Jud had a vision of what the internet could mean in the classroom, and she built the original version of her site through tremendous sacrifice, hard work, and tenacity.

I witnessed a living testimony to Judi's vision at this year's FETC, which 1105 Media produces each January in Orlando. At this year's show, it was so clear that the tide has turned for digital content and resources. For today's teachers, the internet and digital apps are the curriculum and they are finding these resources and using them with a creative ferocity that I am sure is fueled by Judi's spirit. When I look back on Judi's early work in this area, I am newly in awe of her foresight. …

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